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Friday, 01 April 2016 08:11

Microsoft may love Linux. But it doesn't love Skype on Linux

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Back in 2011, when Microsoft bought Skype for US$8.56 billion, people were wondering if it would continue to update the Linux client that the VoIP platform had.

It looks like the fears of these folk are slowly coming true. The last release of Skype for Linux was a 32-bit update in 2014 to version 4.3.

Those who had paid for subscriptions in the hope that they would one day get a 64-bit client with an improved user interface have been waiting and waiting in vain.

Now a group of users is reporting that from, February 22, the Linux Skype client is unable to join calls.

They say that numerous tweets to @SkypeSupport have gone unanswered.

In a petition, they wrote: "We do understand that Linux is a competitor of Microsoft's Windows. But we do not understand why this results in a lack of support for Skype.

"Linux is actively being used by power users who cannot or do not want to use Windows because of a lack of features, and now, those (paying) users who used Skype for both business and private purposes are dropped by Skype."

The contempt shown towards Linux Skype users seems to give the lie to all the propaganda that Microsoft is spreading about its great love for Linux.

If there was even one per cent of genuineness about this, there would have been a proper client for Linux users by now.

The truth is that Microsoft will provide applications and software for Linux when it makes commercial sense to do so. Else, the people at Redmond really don't give a damn.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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